What Are ASME Standards and Why Are They Important?

People were getting hurt.

It’s what prompted the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) to enact some rules and regulations around the pressure vessel industry.

By 1880, there had been enough injuries – both non-fatal and fatal – that the ASME Code is necessary.

The organization is still going strong today with approximately 140,000 members around the world.

ASME standards

Most states in the U.S. require that tank manufacturers use the ASME Code – both in design and manufacture of tanks that have an internal pressure of 15 PSI or more – when building pressure vessels that will be used within their jurisdictions.

Any kind of tank that holds a pressurized liquid or gas would fall under these required guidelines.

There are more stringent rules in place for tanks that contain dangerous and/or deadly substances.

In these situations, x-ray and post-weld heat treatments are also part of the ASME requirements.

Tank Fab’s ASME Code scorecard

At Tank Fab, we’re satisfied with nothing less than an A+ in ASME code compliance.

Our pressure tank production methods meet all the requirements set forth by the ASME.

Here’s a more in-depth picture of what that looks like in terms of design, manufacture, and testing:

  • Quality Control Procedures
  • Design Standards
  • Material & Welding Controls
  • Examination and Inspection of Fabrication Process.
  • Non-Destructive Examination and Testing

Every year, we undergo a review by an ASME-certified third-party inspection agency to make sure we’re maintaining the standards.

Once every third year, we go through an audit by ASME and National Board auditors.

All of this is to make sure that you’re provided with the best quality, safest tanks that will help your business increase productivity, streamline processes, and hit your revenue goals.

Maintaining your ASME code tank

It’s crucial that your ASME code tanks and other vessels are inspected on a regular basis for damage or wear that could make them fall outside of ASME standards – or put people at risk for injury.

The tank’s heads, shell, and welds all need to be checked for corrosion.

Most states require that vessels and tanks be registered and given the once-over by a certified technician, annually. You can contact your state to verify if this is a requirement here.

What if a tank needs repairs?

It’s probably no surprise that you can’t have any joe-schmoe work on your vessels.

The National Board requires any repairs or alterations be done by a certified company that follows ASME standards.

Tank Fab is certified by the ASME AND the National Board. We can make repairs or alterations at your facility or ours.

Trust the experts

At Tank Fab, we take the ASME standards seriously.

We also have team members who are certified to handle all of your maintenance and repair needs.

You can trust that any work done to your tanks and/or vessels will meet every standard set forth by the ASME and the National Board so that your employees stay safe.

Author: Jeffrey Lippincott

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